Administrative Law

  • Administrative Law. This course covers the political and legal nature of the administrative process; legislative and executive control of administrative discretion; judicial review, its role, scope and basis; due process as to substance and process as to substance and procedure; standing and related issues; role of the Administrative Law Judge, including ex parte issues; conduct of a hearing; and access to private and public information.

Alternative Dispute Resolution - Mediation Certification (ADR)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution – Mediation Certification (ADR). ADR is a required course that may be taken during any semester that the course is offered. The course provides an introduction to negotiation, mediation, and arbitration skills including development of negotiation strategy and techniques. Course includes simulation exercises featuring bilateral and multilateral negotiation and mediation exercises.  Students will be introduced to basic forms of international dispute resolution, cross-cultural, language, and gender dynamics in conflict resolution. Course may serve as qualifying pre-requisite for participation in mediation clinic coordinated with the court-directed mediation program of the Monterey County Superior Court.

Civil Litigation

  • Civil Litigation. Topics include drafting pleadings, law and motion proceedings, pretrial investigation, discovery, trial preparation and participation in trial and post-trial motions. Students work on projects in all areas of civil trial practice in a seminar setting.

Criminal Litigation

  • Criminal Litigation. A series of lectures and student presentations covering the prosecution and defense of criminal cases in the California court system. Students participate as attorneys, witnesses and court personnel in the arraignment, preliminary hearing, trial, and sentencing hearing using the facts of an actual criminal case.

Employment Law

  • Employment Law. The legal aspects of relationships between employers and employees, emphasizing California law. An overview of “at-will” employment agreements, employment discrimination laws ( including sexual harassment), public policy and “whistle blower” claims, employment-related torts (including privacy rights), plus an overview of wage and hour, health and safety, and workers compensation laws.

Family Law

  • Family Law. Topics covered in this course are marriage and family, parent and child, termination of parental rights; adoption, marital breakdown, jurisdiction, judicial documents, domestic violence, custody; visitation, child and spousal support and settlement agreements.

Immigration Law

  • Immigration Law. Issues addressed in this course are immigration and the Constitution, federal immigration powers, immigration categories, procedures, exclusion grounds, admission procedures, deportation and non-immigrants.

Intellectual Property

  • Intellectual Property. A survey of the laws in the field of intellectual property. This course covers issues of defining, obtaining, maintaining and enforcing patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights in the United States and internationally.

International Law

  • International Law. Topics include the sources of international law, international jurisdiction, the law of treaties, international liability (of states), regulation of the use of force, peaceful settlement of disputes and the application of international law principles to current international events.

Land Use Planning

  • Land Use Planning. The course covers California and Federal statutes, regulations and relevant case law governing the judicial and administrative bodies that deal with zoning and land development problems. Special emphasis is placed on representing clients in local forums.

Legal Analysis

  • Legal Analysis. This practical course focuses on learning to write in a clear, effective and concise manner. Students are required to complete written assignments which assist them to gain sharper reasoning skills and improved techniques for legal analysis.

Water Law

  • Water Law. The development of water law in California, as well as riparian, appropriative and hybrid water rights developed in western states. Issues such as ground water, public water rights, various water institutions in California, regional water sources and water quality will also be taught.

Workers Compensation

  • Workers Compensation. This course covers the concepts, nomenclature and forms used in practice before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, its administrative agencies and the California Appellate Courts.

Clinical Studies Program

  • Clinical Studies Program. All students must complete at least one clinical studies program in addition to the Small Claims Clinic. The requirement may be met through participation in one of the law school”s sponsored advisory clinics, or may be completed through legal and judicial internships available to second, third and fourth year students upon approval by Director of Clinical Studies. Students also may apply for credit for an Independent Study arranged with local lawyers or legal agencies. Students are required to spend 60 hours of lawyer-like and law-related work to earn 1 unit of academic credit for internships and independent studies. All internships must be pre-approved by the Director of Clinical Studies. Forms and policies are available on this website.

The law school may add or delete from the additional course offerings each year based on enrollment, student preferences, and faculty availability. Most of the non-required courses are offered during the summer semester.